I recently got a rescue dog, who was labeled a pug/lab mix by the human society. I got her from my sister's coworker's friend's daughter! (whew)
I took her on, believing that she was a pug/lab mix.I have 4 SMALL children, ages 5, 3, 18months and 6 months. I have an almost 11yr old pug, and I have had labs in the past.
After a couple days of her being here, I KNEW something was off with this dog…I can't quite explain how I knew, but something unsettled me to the pug/lab mix and decided to research dog with with curly tails. Most of them were fluffy dogs, and she is NOT fluffy. Very slick fur, no undercoat, but a slight wave towards her tail, which is the lab in her. I saw basenji, clicked it, and was OMG! thats her other half!!! Did some research, and saw some negative things about them, and was on the fence about keeping her. Mainly due to the fact that a lot of people say they cannot be around children, and if not socialized, will never be good. But, she does have lab in her...and she has been adjusting well, we got her last Tuesday. I've been having quite the inner struggle. So I decided to do MORE research. My older sister has a pitbull, she is the SWEETEST dog I have ever met in my life! (next top my pug of course lol) So I figured, there must have been a handful of stupid people that ruined it for the whole group. I am VERY happy I found this site :)
Her previous life was a sad one. She was locked up in a house all the time, with no socialization, or meeting people. The humane society estimated her birthday as 10-31-09. She spent 9 months at her former home. She really gets excited to meet people, and is VERY friendly. At almost 2 yrs old, I have faith that she can be socialized, or am I being delusional??
I read and read (when I could) about how to train a basenji, and realized that I had gone to train her as I would any other dog I have had, my first mistake, based on some saying that b's are like cats, they will listen if theres something in it for them, and she is very much like that! So I changed my training with her.
Her behavior has improved greatly! She looks less leery when the kids come around her. She did the "whale eye" an awful lot. I have them give her treats, (all except my 6 month old) and I tell them to tell her to sit, (she doesn't listen) so I say sit, and she'll sit, and they give her a treat. She would tense up being petting, but after a lot of praise, she has gotten so much better!!! I still do not trust her 100%, if I cannot watch closely, she goes into a hallway off our living room with a baby gate. Since I starting putting her back there, she has also shown no aggression to my ancient old pug :)
She did growl at my 2 older boys, but this was MY fault. My 3 yr old stomped on her foot, I didn't yell at her or punish her, I honestly am happy it was just a growl and not an attack! I put my 3 yr old in time out. We had a BIG talk on not stomping on people and animals. The other time was 5 yr old, she was hiding under the computer desk, sleeping. Since then, she goes in the hall to take her naps.
Anyways, thats my novel length story about me and why I am here!!! I am just so excited to have found this site! I love to learn, and am glad I am able to do that!